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Old 11-11-2014, 11:18 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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And where's Curmudgeon? He hasn't posted since October 19. Hope everything is OK.
Curmudgeon is OK.

 
Old 11-12-2014, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Umbria is probably sitting on her front porch in her new location congratulating herself on escaping the early Minnesota snow dump. I hope she arrived safely and is happy wherever she landed.
 
Old 11-12-2014, 01:09 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Did I mention that I'd been ignoring it for too long and it was absolutely necessary that I get it done now? Filled the 10 CF double wheel barrow 3 times with just what I'd raked in the front yard. The two inches of snow that we got on Nov. 1 did not cause it to go dormant and then we got some nice warm weather so up it shot.

I can't believe that my first 5 years here I did it with an 18" walk behind and now it seems like a lot of work with a ride on with a 42" deck.

During my 30+ years in Oakland my houses were on teeny, tiny lots (tenth of an acre or less) and there was always some kid with a push reel mower who could do it in 20 minutes for a couple of bucks so I never even owned a lawn mower until I retired. Now I've got a couple of acres of "lawn" to keep mowed around the house and then the 17 -18 acres of pasture should get done a couple of times a year with the 60" rough cut, tow behind mower, to deal with the stuff that the horses don't keep trimmed.
LOL we live parallel horse mommy lives. They love it when I rake up the clippings. Lucky me the five acre pasture requires no maintenance from me.

We're built into a hill so no riding except for a one acre level area around the barn. That push mower gets heavier every year.

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We've hit the dry season, so mowing is slowing down to every 2-3 weeks.

We bought a kayak last week and are waiting for the rack boots to come in that fit my car roof and will take it home and then out this weekend on the intercoastal. It's a Hobie tandem and has Mirage drives; you pedal it and underneath it looks like penguin flippers for propulsion. There are kayak paddles too that come with it and an optional sailing kit. We've held out long enough, there is nothing better than being on the water, at least for us.
jj you will so not regret it, my dad bought theirs years ago and they use them everywhere.

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Haven't seen posts lately from Umbria, Robyn, or Lenora...who else?
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Umbria is probably sitting on her front porch in her new location congratulating herself on escaping the early Minnesota snow dump. I hope she arrived safely and is happy wherever she landed.
Retired minds think alike, I have been wondering about them for days. I haven't seen Robyn post in ages, I hope things are good for all of them.

Our cold(er) blast approaches, the winds are picking up. We're all set, all the vehicles are strategically parked, the plow truck is ready.

I got a ten percent off coupon in the mail today from Tractor Supply.

Our 10.000 BTU ceramic propane heater for the workshop is vastly undersized and they just got the big 30,000 BTU ones in at TSC. I couldn't touch a used one on ebay for less than 250 dollars and the new one at TSC is 239. Perfect timing now with the coupon, and I can sell the little one in the shop, it's practically brand new.

TD bank is sending out new debit cards for frequently used ones due to the Home Depot hack. Don't be so hasty to throw out that junk mail.
 
Old 11-12-2014, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Central Texas here and it's going down to 31 tonight and maybe 29 tomorrow night.

Outside faucets all covered up, chicken house winterized (plexiglass on their windows), donkey's water protected against the cold north wind and the flannel sheets are coming out !
 
Old 11-12-2014, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I feel like a wimp compared to you two. Must feel wonderful to be so prepared.
 
Old 11-12-2014, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I walked to the library after dark this evening and put on a jacket over my long-sleeved shirt. Felt like about 50 degrees. Brrr......
 
Old 11-12-2014, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Rub it in Escort. I'm sitting in a lazy boy, looking out at the lake, it's cold outside but the fire is burning in here. I love the wood smoke smell.

I got your winter, California.
 
Old 11-13-2014, 05:41 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Good morning all!

It's a crisp 29F here with the high predicted of 43F. The ten day forecast says this will be the last over 40 degree day for awhile. Waaah

It is 7F in Billings, MT. 17F in Fairbanks, AK.

Time to get out the heavier outerwear.......I'm an optimist so I always hold out until the last minute.

Keep warm!
 
Old 11-13-2014, 08:25 AM
 
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Rub it in Escort. I'm sitting in a lazy boy, looking out at the lake, it's cold outside but the fire is burning in here. I love the wood smoke smell.

I got your winter, California.
If you liked that, you're gonna love this: it's currently 80 degrees here in sunny Miami Beach. Although I think it is scheduled to drop down into the high 60s overnight, lol.
 
Old 11-13-2014, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Yesterday I reached my limit on dealing with a non working garage door opener and after some research here I looked on line at pricing and then called the local guy and found out it would be no more expensive to have him do it than to drive to C-burg ($12.00 gas) by one at Lowe's or HD and then have someone else install it since it is not a DIY that I would undertake. So he'll come either Monday or Wednesday and I'll have a new unit. No more stretching up on tiptoe to snag the edge to yank in down with enough ooumph to get it closed all the way. I don't know why I waited so long to get this done except that I thought it would be much more costly than it is.

I was gone to town for two hours yesterday and the new dog, who has done OK with me being gone had a bit of a meltdown and his separation anxiety got the best of him. He ripped open a box that had a new Coleman one burner stove, chewed a small gash in the door molding and managed to completely remove the door stop strip. It could have been much worse I suppose - totally destroying the nine foot couch in the sunroom, tearing in to the books on the lower shelves of 3 bookcases, etc. I wish I knew why he had a difficult time yesterday when he has done fine for somewhat longer amounts of time in the past.

I got my first "zap" of static electricity this morning, one of the things I hate about winter weather and every year I forget until I get zapped a couple of times.
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